Bowling Green Wins Peace Pipe

By travelling up I-75 to the Glass Bowl and defeating the Toledo Rockets 38-10, disappointing Tom Amstutz in his final game as head coach.  BG jumped out to a very quick 14-0 lead on a swift drive and then a fumble recovery setting the offense back up on the 5 yard line.  The next 4 Falcon possessions were ended by a fumble, an interception, a fumble, and a punt, but the Toledo offense was completely inert, only getting 1 first half 1st down.  BG added a field goal on a solid drive late in the half, and then, after Toledo took the 2nd half kickoff down for a field goal, scored 3 TDs in relatively rapid succession to ice the game.  Rockets got a TD in the 4th quarter to finish out the scoring.  So Bowling Green finishes a very exasperating season at 6-6 (4-4) having on one hand beat potentially Gator Bowl bound Pitt at Heinz Field and on the other hand having taken home losses to Eastern Michigan and Miami among others before blowing a golden opportunity to win the MAC East anyhow last Friday night against Buffalo.

There are things to be positive about with the Falcon football team.  Tyler Sheehan is an underclassman that will be back next season, and excepting Corey Partridge they don’t lose much on offense.  Still, and I doubt it happens, but I think its time for a coaching change at Bowling Green.  I hate to say that; I met Gregg Brandon once personally at an alumni function and found him to be a very personable and dedicated person.  But I just can’t help but think that the football team will never be more than decent to mediocre with him at the helm; that there is a definite glass ceiling.  His teams are just entirely too inconsistent.  When the talent is overwhelming they still lose a couple games because of that.  When they are merely good it comes out mediocre.  There are stretches of games where the offense just seems to lose its way and doesn’t seem to know what its purpose is.  The record the past 2-3 seasons at Doyt Perry Stadium has been downright appalling.   Most of all, the opposition seems generally better at making in-game adjustments, and that goes straight to coaching.  Perhaps I can’t stand prosperity and should keep in mind how much better this is than the last several years of the Gary Blackney era.  Perhaps I was spoiled by the year they went 10-3 with two of the losses being to Ben Roethlisberger, and the two bowl wins over Northwestern and Memphis.  But I just feel that Brandon coached teams are simply not able to play consistent enough to win conference championships, and I want championships.

In other college football news on this Black Friday, very entertaining games in the Backyard Brawl, won by Pitt on a TD run with just under a minute remaining, Arkansas retains The Boot on a Casey Dick TD pass with 21 seconds to beat LSU (memo to Les Miles, a 63 yarder into the wind instead of a Hail Mary pass?) and Nebraska beats Colorado on a 57 yard field goal with less than 2 minutes remaining, then a pick six to seal it.  One can only hope that the games on Saturday are close to that entertaining.  Almost makes up for the turkeys the NFL served us on Thursday.

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